Do you buy organic? Why? Here are a few things to consider. Have you heard about The Environmental Working Group? I'd like to share some links from a conversation that is happening in another group that I am in. Scientists refuting the work of the Environmental Working Group. I thought this might get some political conversation moving here on the TFP. USDA, FDA findings debunk 'Dirty Dozen' fruit, vegetable list | AGDAILY Dear EWG, This Is Why Real Scientists Think Poorly of You | American Council on Science and Health Environmental Working Group and the Dirty Dozen And what about organic agriculture? Is it really better for us? I personally prefer the taste of most organic produce. They tend to be different varieties, which better appeal to my palate. But I am currently in California where organic farms are abundant, and often have shorter transport times / distances from farm to table. I would rather purchase local produce over organic that has been trucked in from somewhere. When I lived in Ohio, most of the organic produce came from California and was really sad looking by the time it hit the shelves, but the local farms' goods, which weren't usually organic, were superior. When I lived in Texas, I just bought whatever was grown in state and in season. Sometimes that was organic. Sometimes it wasn't. Most of the time I passed up produce that wasn't local. Here's a related link: Is organic agriculture really better for the environment? Organic farmers don't often play nice with hydroponic and aeroponic farms. It isn't well known among the general population, but organic certification includes these operations, and "dirt farmers" have been working to exclude them from the organic label. But their efforts have not been successful. The dirt philosophy is that with organic methods the soil can be improved over time rather than depleated. Hydroponics and aeroponics takes the soil out of the picture completely. Here's an article, dated but relevant: Organic Certification Has Always Been About Money. And That’s a Good Thing.